Vehicle Wraps in Focus with SpeedPro Imaging of Denver Owner, Darin Schneider

Schneider and SpeedPro Imaging Owners Across the Country Offer Best-In-Class Vehicle Wrap Solutions for Companies and Fleets of All Sizes

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Show and tell. Do you remember it from childhood? It’s the elementary activity in which a student brings in an object and talks about it. Now that we’re all grown up, we still dabble with show and tell, only adults refer to it as marketing. Communicating the value of your product or service remains an integral aspect of marketing. So, how do you communicate your message to your intended audience? Darin Schneider, our Denver-based SpeedPro Imaging owner, has a proven and customizable solution for businesses and fleets big and small—vehicle wraps.

Even in today’s increasingly technological world, business owners can still struggle to reach and influence their intended audience. With the internet, smartphones, and social media, attention spans are short and breaking through the content noise can be a tall order.  However, vehicle wraps, like those offered by Schneider and all SpeedPro Imaging franchisees, literally ensure a company’s marketing message is visible while their customers are driving – one of the few times when they aren’t consumed by their phone, computer or another digital screen.

And yes – the numbers back up the power of vehicle wraps.   According to an Arbitron study, 71 percent of Americans “often look at messages on roadside billboards.” Now take those same billboards, and make them mobile – ensuring they reach more people throughout the community. That’s what you’re doing when you invest in SpeedPro Imaging’s vehicle wraps.  Vehicle wraps are an effective advertising method for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and boats. From an ROI standpoint, vehicle wraps have the lowest cost per impression.

For Schneider, his studio excels in single vehicles as well as full fleet wrap projects. Vehicle graphics helped lure Schneider from his IT consulting job into large format printing. He purchased his SpeedPro Imaging studio nearly six years ago.  Schneider told Sign Builder Illustrated when he took over, vehicle wraps represented 25 percent of their revenue stream.  “Over the past five years, vehicle graphics have increased to 50 percent of our revenue,” says Schneider.

Like many SpeedPro Imaging owners across the country, Schneider and SpeedPro Imaging of Denver are fully equipped to handle vehicle wrap projects of all shapes and sizes.  Specifically, once he saw the consistent flow of vehicle wrap projects, Schneider invested in a 40-by-14-foot bay to accommodate larger vehicles.

His portfolio of vehicle wrap clients reads like a “Best of” among Denver-area businesses. Schneider has wrapped vehicles for the Denver Broncos, Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes, Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care and Lifehouse Construction.

“I used SpeedPro’s creative studio services to come up with stand-out graphics for my first company truck,” says Marty Harrison of Lifehouse Construction. “It has worked so well I have gotten comments that it may be a little on the obnoxious side but in a good, memorable way-which is exactly what I wanted! They are the one stop for design, printing, and installation.”

Two recent projects bagged both local and national attention for Schneider’s team. They are responsible for outfitting 600-plus Denver-area Comcast vehicles. The SpeedPro Imaging studio also takes credit for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) new “Bustang” fleet of buses. Schneider told Sign & Digital Graphics magazine:

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“For this round of Comcast work, the client came directly to us,” Schneider says. “We have become the preferred Denver/Mountain region vendor. Initially, Comcast was a cold sales call. We were initially auditioned for a few of the upgrades but quickly supplanted the other vendor. CDOT was a sealed bid (request for proposal).”

While fleet wraps may be old hat for Schneider and his installation team, it’s not always easy…but he and his team find ways to deliver great work, on time.

“The Comcast work presented a huge logistical challenge,” Schneider told Sign & Digital Graphics. “Not only did a huge number of vehicles need to be completed in a short (under two months) time frame, but another primary requirement was minimizing their techs’ downtime as to not affect quotas. We were able to accomplish this using a few different techniques and best practices.”

The sweet science of marketing is ever changing. But one thing is certain, you can’t generate business if potential customers don’t know you exist. Darin Schneider and all other SpeedPro Imaging owners are doing their part to help their clients grab attention.

No matter where you call home, there’s a SpeedPro Imaging studio owner ready to tailor your fleet-wrap solutions to your specific details and budget. You can start the process now. Reach out to us online, at speedpro.com, send an email, or call us at (844) 274-4784.

SpeedPro Imaging – Committed to the Community

 

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We’re looking ahead to the fireworks, glitz, and glamor that comes with the Independence Day holiday. It also allows us to look back at what makes America so great. Our country is built on everlasting values of freedom, equality, democracy, family, and religion. What also stands tall and makes America so great, is our commitment to the community. We’re there for our neighbors in time of celebration and time of need. SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, shares the same commitment to the community.

SpeedPro Imaging is a nationwide network of more than 120 large format graphic printing studios owned and operated by members of your community. The men and women who assist you with your graphic needs are the same you’ll rub elbows with at the food truck event, at your place of worship, and in the stands at your child’s tee-ball game. SpeedPro Imaging’s commitment to the community is unwavering because our franchise family is comprised of dozens of local owners who love their neighborhood.

Commitment to the community is personal for our SpeedPro Imaging studio owners. Their devotion is defined multiple ways, mainly because of different passions, struggles, and circumstances:

Bruce and Dru Benson are the charismatic owners of the Des Moines, Iowa, SpeedPro Imaging studio. Dru is a breast cancer survivor who was first diagnosed in late 2008. Both are now are extremely active in breast cancer based engagements in the Des Moines area. Dru participates in activities designed to help and boost the morale of cancer patients and survivors. She is particularly fond of Susan G. Komen and Race for the Cure. Bruce says, “if any organization wants banners or point of purchase displays, and your cause is to fight cancer, consider it a donation.”

Edward Owens, Ed as he likes to be called, has a passion for philanthropy, particularly if art is involved. His SpeedPro Imaging studio in Alameda, Calif., consistently supports the “2nd Friday Art Walk” as a local host.  He helps give kids a rare opportunity to put their talents on display in front of their parents and the public during the events.

Ed is also a big environmentalist and does his best to avoid using the landfill. Normally misprints, foam cores, end of rolls and other non-usable items wind up in the trash. In Ed’s case, he donates the products to Alameda Arts Program, an after-school program that teaches children in the community how to make art. Those children are literally transforming trash into treasure. “The ‘2nd Friday Art Walk’ is a great community building event,” says Owens. “It gets people in the community out to support art, education, and kids. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate ‘reduce, reuse, recycle.’”

Those are just two of the wonderful examples our SpeedPro Imaging studio owners are committed to their community. We have several instances of studio owners giving their time and services by offering these products to events and programs close to their hearts:

  • Banners: Simple but effective with big, vibrant graphics, the donation of banners help event organizers draw attention to their programs.
  • Flags: Many of our SpeedPro Imaging studio owners take part in 5k races that raise money for charities. These flags help put a special spotlight on the events.
  • Event Tents: Some of our owners are also supporters of the boys and girl scouts and will use these tents to provide relief from the sun as they help distribute those sweet treats.

SpeedPro Imaging is a national company, but we operate in the same places you call home. We’re proud members of our community. If you’re in need of graphic solutions, don’t hesitate to connect with us at www.speedpro.com.

And if you’d like to learn more about how you can give back to your own community as a thriving SpeedPro Imaging franchise owner, please visit www.speedprofranchising.com.

SpeedPro Imaging – The Nation’s Leader in Large Format Imagery Has Great. Big. Capabilities.

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The Three Musketeers have a famous motto, “one for all, and all for one.” That’s exactly our line of thinking at SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large format imagery. SpeedPro Imaging studios are franchise locations independently owned and operated by men and women who live in your community, send their children to the same schools, attend the same places of worship and cheer for the same local sports teams.

However, while each business owner is firmly committed to his or her community, that does not mean their studio’s capabilities are limited to local resources.  While we are comprised of individual studios, SpeedPro Imaging is also a thriving and collaborative national franchise network of more than 125 studios located in 31 states. That means we have an unequaled national presence that gives each of our independent studios Great. Big. Capabilities. as all owners can work together to tackle any large format printing job of any scale anywhere.

When you visit your local studio, know that you are walking into a studio that boasts the best technology in the industry. And we’re proud to say, each of our studios coast to coast are equipped with (or can access) the new HP FB550 UV Flatbed printer. This game-changing printer allows your local SpeedPro Imaging owner the ability to print a wide array of graphic solutions on a diverse list of materials.

Sure, we’re “humble-bragging” a little here. We take pride in the fact that we embrace industry leading technology and possess a network of franchise owners who love helping each other succeed. But we also want to drive home the point that no job is ever too big for your local SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large format imagery, to handle. On the off-chance the local studio in your community isn’t equipped with the tools to complete your specific request, our owners will collaborate with one another to get the job done in a swift and timely fashion.

SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large format imagery, our reach and scope is boundless.

  • No matter the size or scope, we can tackle any large format printing project and our quality and timeliness are unmatched by any local or national competitor.
  • Need a project completed/delivered to other locations/states? No problem – we can help you save time and cut costs by working seamlessly with partner studios across the country.
  • On the road and need help in a pinch? We have your back – our national presence means your local studio can connect you with a resource wherever you are, giving you peace of mind wherever and whenever you need our support.

From Boston to East Bay, Miami to Mesa, there’s never a place where SpeedPro Imaging can’t address your needs. We don’t operate on a “one-size fits all” business model. We are a solution-based company, we have thrived for more than 20 years as the nation’s leader in large format imagery because of our Great. Big. Capabilities!

Here are just a few examples of how these capabilities can help YOU!

  • Vehicle Wraps: Your company is headquartered in Rochester, New York, but you have a fleet of vehicles that need to be wrapped in Pittsburgh. One simple call from the Rochester store will have your vehicles dressed up in Big. Bold. Graphics. in Western Pennsylvania in no time!
  • Trade Show Displays: You’re just a few days from the annual conference in San Diego that makes or breaks your fiscal year. And what do you know? The airline has lost/damaged your flashy, portable display that you checked in on your flight from Orlando. Don’t panic. One call and we’ll have your brand-new display ready for you in time.
  • Elevator Wraps: You’re the operator of a multi-level building in Dallas. You place an extremely large order to add some pop to each of the elevator doors. Our SpeedPro Image studios will work together to produce mesmerizing graphic displays faster than you can imagine.

Our goal here at SpeedPro Imaging is to transform your wildest dreams into an inspiring and impactful reality, no matter the size or scope.   Please visit www.speedpro.com to find the studio closest to you and allow us to make those dreams come true.

The HP UV Flatbed Printer – The Difference is in the Technology

SpeedPro Imaging, the Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Introduces More Game-Changing Equipment to Empower their Franchisees

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SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, is embracing its role as the industry’s technology leader with the inclusion of the HP FB550 UV Flatbed printer in the newly updated and more robust franchise startup package. As the market leader in large format imagery, SpeedPro Imaging has the knowledge, vision, and foresight to adopt technological advances aimed at boosting quality, efficiency and overall customer satisfaction before others.

SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, prides itself on adopting technology that allows all franchise owners to provide the best services and products to customers. The delivery of the HP FB FB550 UV Flatbed printer to SpeedPro Imaging studios across the country emphasizes that commitment. Features include:

  • High-quality applications
  • Improved high-density photo print modes and high white opacity
  • Multi-image-multi-size capability
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Your local SpeedPro Imaging studio owner has even more capabilities to transform your wildest imagination into reality with this advanced equipment. Simply put, the HP FB550 UV Flatbed printer is revolutionary within the industry. Here’s why:

  • Increased Efficiency – This large-format printer enables studio owners to load, print, and collect media simultaneously, allowing a continuous workflow, saving both time and money.
  • Reduced Labor and Material Costs – Rigid materials are no longer a cause of concern with this HP UV flatbed printer. Your local SpeedPro Imaging Studio can print directly to your rigid and flexible substrates, eliminating the need for two materials and eliminating the additional labor involved.
  • Unique Product Opportunities – SpeedPro Imaging studio owners can print on a wide range of substrates. Aluminum, wood, glass, mirror or acrylic, anything up to 2.25” thick, are possibilities. That opens up more options to provide a variety of high-quality large-format printing applications for wall murals, event graphics, and window graphics. The printer allows your local SpeedPro franchisee to even take a door off its hinges and run it right through!

“We take pride in our ability to train and integrate our hard-working franchise owners in a manner that positions them on a path toward success starting on day one,” says Steven Brown, SpeedPro Imaging’s Chief Operating Officer. “With the integration of the HP UV Flatbed Printer, our franchise owners remain equipped with the absolute best technology the industry has to offer. That allows studio owners the ability to deliver the bold graphic solutions and dependable service our valuable customers have grown to expect from SpeedPro Imaging.”

As the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, SpeedPro Imaging can handle any printing project on behalf of their clients, including:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

Become a Master Event Planner When You Collaborate with SpeedPro Imaging, The Nation’s Most Trusted Trade Show Partner

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Organizing and hosting a successful trade show is a daunting task. While you’ve stepped up and accepted the challenge, you still sometimes struggle to ‘hit it out of the park.’ And that’s where SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted trade show partner, comes into play. Producing a trade show can be a lucrative business. The top 10 trade shows in the U.S. drew more than three-quarter of a million attendees in 2016.

We here at SpeedPro Imaging are committed to helping you succeed with your next endeavor. That’s why we’ve created the Event Planners Guide for you. It’s six tips from the nation’s most trusted trade show partner designed to boost attendance and sponsorships at your next event. Consider it a blueprint to “see exactly how other event planners are making their events more successful than ever.”

Tip #1: Planning Far Enough in Advance:  Event shows are not built for those who tend to procrastinate. The larger the function, the more time it takes to plan. Typically, events can be planned up to a year in advance and no later than 3 months. This is also the time you should be asking some critical questions that can make your break your event. Questions include: What is the objective? What date/time will it be? What is the venue’s availability? What is the demographic of attendees?

Tip #2: Having Booths and Events Clearly Labeled: Being an event show organizer is just that, being organized! One essential component of planning a trade show involves navigation. Start laying out the floor plan and think of the signs that will direct attendees to the location their seeking. The good news, directional signs is where SpeedPro Imaging shines. We offer a wide variety of signage options including:

Tip #3: Selling More High-Level Sponsorships: It’s no secret, trade shows can be an expensive operation. One way to potentially offset those costs involves the tried-and-true method of sponsorships. SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted trade show partner, specializes in helping you attract more high-level sponsorships. How you ask? Over the years, we’ve developed a three-step formula that you can easily follow to sell more high-level sponsorships:

  1. Prepare a list of potential sponsors
  • Be sure to include any previous sponsors
  • Research similar events and make note of all the high-level sponsorships
  1. Develop sponsorship packages that include maximum value
    • Clearly demonstrate what is included in their sponsorship package
    • Be creative with what is included
    • The higher the level of the sponsorship, the more exclusive the package needs to be
  2. Develop sponsorship presentation boards
    • Allow sponsors to see exactly what their logo will look like at the event on an assortment of items
    • Show creative ideas
    • Use 3D mockups to clearly visualize how much value sponsors are getting

Tip #4: Increase Attendees by Promoting Your Event: If you build it, there’s no guarantee they’ll come. Especially if you haven’t followed proper promotion protocol. We can’t put enough emphasis on the importance of making attendees aware of your event. How will you draw people in if they don’t know it is happening? SpeedPro Imaging has found some great ways to promote events – including Radio, TV and Newspaper Advertising. Social Media plays an integral role in promotion – and event planners can use it effectively at little to no cost. Good old fashion posters at local businesses always remain effective (and we can help you make them!). And of course, partnerships with local organizations is an efficient way to get publicity.

Tip #5: Preparing for Last Minute Changes: In Tip #1, we discussed the virtues of planning ahead. That’s because no matter how precise you are, something is bound to pop up. We encourage you to prepare for last minute changes.

  • Utilize Volunteers
  • Have on extra staff on hand
  • Hire a local large format graphics company, like SpeedPro Imaging, to manage your last-minute booth changes or printing of additional directional signage

Tip #6: Grab the Attention of Attendees: Know that you’ve gotten attendees to your show, you must keep them there. After doing this for several years, SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted trade show partner, offers you these three proven ideas to grab attendees’ attention.

  1. Fish Bowl Raffle
    • They get a chance to win stuff. You get their contact info. It’s a win-win.
  2. Attractive Booth
    • You should be able to clearly tell what product or service you sell from 10 feet away
  3. Digital Signage
    • Moving images always manage to be an eye-catcher.

You’re on the right track. Let us help you take your event over the top. With your hard work and our expertise, your event could very well end up in a future ranking of one of the country’s most attended trade shows.

 

Kickstart Your Summer with SpeedPro Imaging, The Nation’s Most Trusted Marketing Resource

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Your customers are gearing up to spend money. As the thermometer heats up, so does our spending habits.

“We hibernate quite a bit during the winter months and I think we have a tendency to come out swinging,” says Silvio Stroescu with Tangerine.

He adds more than half of us aren’t as concerned about our budgets over the next few months. “People tend to spend a lot more on food, drinks, and entertainment. I would suggest patios have a lot to do with that. The second highest answer would be people taking vacations over the summer months.”

SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted marketing resource, wants to make sure business owners are in the right frame of mind as summer approaches. Think about what Silvio Stroescu is saying in that previous paragraph. People see the summer as a season to be a little bit more nonchalant about their spending habits. Need more proof? In a 2015 report from Experian, 72 percent of millennials surveyed revealed they knew they were going to overspend on vacation before their bags were packed (meaning local business owners in those towns benefit greatly).

What are you doing to accelerate awareness and ultimately sales as your target audience prepares to spend more three weeks from now? Here’s the encouraging news; your business doesn’t have to be linked to tourism to cash in on the season of fun…and SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, can help.

Let’s explore six industries that can truly benefit from SpeedPro Imaging’s customizable graphics solutions this summer season:

Apartments – When it comes to moving, Summer0 is the hot season. Between college graduations or families transitioning to a new role in a new city, Americans are on the move this season. Reel in those potential new residents with astounding outdoor signage that promotes your fantastic leasing options.

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  • Auto Dealers -The summer season is traditionally strong for auto dealers. Our bold window graphics will highlight the “can’t miss” specials inside your showrooms along with the service department deals aimed at keeping drivers safe and sound while driving to their vacation destination.

Breweries –There’s no denying the popularity of breweries. Let us help you strike while the iron is hot. You’ve built that gorgeous outdoor patio. Now it’s time to show it off. Our vivid and graphically intense banners will help accentuate that party atmosphere that will keep the beer flowing for all four seasons.

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  • Festivals – We’ve previously discussed what the warmer weather means for festival event organizers. The sun will be blazing, but you’ll be protected from the elements with your dynamic and customizable event tents. No matter the size or shape, your beautifully branded event tent will attract the audience and attention you are seeking.
  • RestaurantsAmerican’s love to grill. 75% of U.S. adults own a grill. But it’s safe to assume they won’t be behind the flame every single night. Just as they were on Cinco De Mayo, local residents will be searching for great places to eat all summer long. Let’s take advantage of their senses. We’ll allow you to capitalize on smell and taste. Let us focus on sight with imaginative teardrop flags that will capture the essence of your brand.
  • Schools & UniversitiesSchool may be out for summer, but learning is year-round. There’s freshman orientation on the collegiate level. Our stunning event graphics will help welcome the Class of 2021. For primary and secondary education, let us show you how our wall murals and decals can spruce up your schools and increase recruitment/retention without breaking the bank.

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From the $18 billion-a-year summer camp industry to the movie theaters playing host to the lucrative summer blockbusters, to the air conditioning repair service technicians who will be in hot demand, SpeedPro Imaging can and will help any kind of business and business owner looking to capitalize on the summer season. The categories are endless, just as the graphic solution possibilities when you team up with SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted marketing resource.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.  But on Tuesday, let’s talk business. Summer is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to build a successful plan that will have your profits heating up faster than the feeling of hot sand on the sole of your feet.

Visit www.speedpro.com and check out our locations page.   Type in your zip code to find the SpeedPro Imaging franchise owner closest to your business and let’s get to work!

Festival Season In Focus: Turn Up the Volume for Festivals and Outdoor Events with SpeedPro Imaging

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We’ve packed up the parkas and scarfs and are donning dapper seersuckers and stunning sundresses. Winter is in our rear-view mirror, spring is in full bloom, and summer, summer, summertime is just around the corner. The temperature is rising, and so should your expectations to generate business as customers focus on the great outdoors. SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted festival, and outdoor events partner is ready to help you turn up and show out as the festive season kicks into high gear.

While there’s no scientific fact to prove it, it’s safe to say we’re a nation that likes to party. Miley Cyrus even wrote a song about it. And nothing, at this moment, defines summertime more than festivals and outdoor events. A whopping 32 million people attended at least one U.S. music festival in 2014. There’s been a meteoric rise in the popularity of music festivals this decade – Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits—are all must-attend events for hundreds of thousands of music fans.

Consider this write-up from data management platform Umbel:

After a decade of consistent growth in the music festival business, many cities are more than happy to host one. The local economies of the host cities benefit greatly as they are infused with millions of dollars in additional tourism-related revenue. Fans come for the music and the unique experience, and sponsors and advertisers love that they have a truly captive audience, not just for a few minutes but for multiple days. Which is why so many brands are willing to pay megabucks to sponsor them in multiple ways.

And the big-ticket festivals are paying dividends for the organizers responsible for them. The five biggest festivals grossed more than $183 million in ticket sales in 2014.

But it’s not just the big-name music events that draw people outside during these two climate friendly seasons. It’s your local street festivals, food truck rodeos, and renaissance fairs.

For instance, a weekly lunchtime farmer’s market in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina in the summer of 2015 generated more than 100,000 shoppers, resulting in $200,000 in spending.

Whether you’re in Memphis, West Virginia, or Charleston, SC, the country is hungry to congregate outside with their neighbors. And this is where SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted festival and outdoor events planner, is best suited to help you satisfy that hunger with BIG. BOLD. GRAPHICS.

Let SpeedPro Imaging, with our spectacular, high-impact graphic display options, make your festival the next “big thing.” Our customizable graphic solutions will convey your message starting with the promotional phase. Watch in amazement as your grand vision is brought to reality when you partner with SpeedPro Imaging to create dynamic stage banners and extraordinary signage that visually enhances the festive atmosphere.

  • Tents – Nothing says street festival more than a tent. And SpeedPro Imaging’s tents will speak your event’s language. Our versatile, portable and customized tents invite passersby to stop and discover what’s inside.
  • Flags – SpeedPro Imaging flags will get the word out on one or both sides. Blade or teardrop, feather or flutter, your local studio can help you design mesmerizing flags.
  • Floor Graphics – We aim to amaze and astound from the ground up. Let us provide an extra WOW with directional floor graphics. Exterior concrete or asphalt? No match for SpeedPro Imaging’s adhesive prints that are the true definition of durability.

 

  • Vehicle Wraps – Playing host to a food truck rodeo? Spice up that beat-up old truck with our customizable graphics that will drive home your messaging.
  • Digital Signage – Here’s a solution when you need to communicate multiple messages. We specialize in engaging signage limited only by your imagination.

As a festival organizer, you have enough to worry about. When you team-up with SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted festival and outdoor events planner, know that your graphics opportunities will be managed in a timely fashion.

For more information about SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted restaurant graphics partner, and to contact your local SpeedPro to get started, please visit http://www.speedpro.com/locations/.

SpeedPro Imaging: Inspiring Bright Young Minds to Pursue Creative Careers

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Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Celebrates SpeedPro Owner Mark Simmons for Valuing Customer Relationships and Building a Robust Internship Program with Local High School

“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.” That inspirational quote applies to Mark Simmons, one of the newest SpeedPro Imaging franchise owners.  Mark joined the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise after spending more than 30 years in retail executive management, learning the ropes and learning how to deal with the ups and downs.

Mark learned the value of relationships early in his career and it factors into his early success as a relatively new SpeedPro Imaging studio owner. The studio in Apex, NC, a blossoming business and homeowner suburb of Raleigh, opened its doors in July 2016. Mark is capitalizing on the network he built during his career to leverage new connections and business. That includes substantial work with American Airlines, Leith VW of Cary, Leith Automotive Group, Coca-Cola,  and premier homebuilder Royal Oaks Homes.

 

vwAA CLT 1Blog 3One of Simmons toughest professional lessons came during The Great Recession when he oversaw chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings at a national retailer. Mark had to deliver unwelcome news about job cuts to a countless number of employees. While there is no joy out of being the bearer of a major life change, the process reinforced Mark’s values of compassion and relationship building.

As Mark nurtures his budding SpeedPro Imaging business, he recognizes the value of building relationships with members of his community in Apex – something other SpeedPro franchise owners have told him is the key to success with the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise. Mark is a member of the Apex rotary club, has joined two local chambers, and supports several non-profits in the area. He also works with a crisis ministry in the county, where they provide food for the needy, and donates signage to the program.

That’s a lot of time and effort spent on relationship building and giving back…but Mark says it’s been the key to his success as he is more than doubling expected volume levels in his first full year (check out this recent blog post to see how one SpeedPro Imaging owner, Bruce Benson, made more than $750,000 in a single month!).

“I love the area,” says Mark, a Syracuse, NY native. “The Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.  With more than a million residents, and more being added every day, it’s also a booming market to grow a business. There’s so much development all around the city, allowing me to make connections for clients in need for graphic and signage solutions.”

But Mark’s relationship-building focus only begins with potential community clients and business partners.   The connection extends to the local high school, Apex Friendship. The school is home to the Academy of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. The selective AP level program gives student exposure to hands-on experiences within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It’s a program his daughter Kailea, a student at Apex Friendship, takes part in. When Mark learned the school was looking to partner with local businesses for an internship program, he jumped at the chance.

“School leaders do an excellent job building relationships with local businesses, small and large. SpeedPro Imaging has a commitment to community, and the high schools are a major part of the community here in Apex. It was an absolute no-brainer when I was approached to take part in this initiative.”

The students had to earn their way into his SpeedPro Imaging studio. He interviewed 4 candidates, each with unique traits. Mark ultimately chose a rising senior with a 3.7 GPA, interested in aerospace and automotive design. “His resume was polished, he was very accomplished. I was impressed by his maturity after our interview.”

While internships are typically associated with college students, ambitious high schoolers are gradually learning the importance of the work experience. The Society for Human Resource Management says both employers, and students benefit from high school internships. “By employing students, companies get exposure to talent early in their career journey and help support the well-being of the local community,” says Robin D. Richards, chairman, and CEO of Internships.com.

The student will assume a production assistant role at the SpeedPro Imaging studio – learning exactly what it takes to work for the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise. Day-to-day functions include handling the printing and finishing processes, along with exposure to graphic design. Once the intern is comfortable, he’ll have the ability for some level of customer interaction, both inside and outside the facility. The program is only seven weeks, but Mark believes this opportunity will be a win-win-win for the student, SpeedPro employees, and Mark himself.

“For the student, who is only 17, he’ll get hands-on exposure and experience in the design aspect that he simply would not get in school,” says Simmons. “This is an opportunity for him to implement classroom observation into real life scenarios and learn the ins and outs of a local small business and manufacturer.  He’ll be exposed to real world scenarios in a pressurized position that mirrors what it’s truly like to be a production assistant – something that rarely happens with internships.”

From a business perspective, involvement with this internship program serves as an informational session for Simmons. Later this year, he’ll use the lessons learned from the experience with his intern, as a blueprint when he hires a full-time production assistant. Simmons gets to test drive the position, without any of the associated labor costs.

“My whole team is excited because we get a chance to mentor an outstanding young man with a bright future.   This internship program gives everyone at my SpeedPro studio, including myself, the opportunity to grow and develop.   This is a rare opportunity for my employees to receive help from a highly motivated and intelligent intern who possesses skills that have real world impact.   Additionally, all of us will develop a better understanding of how to hire and what to look for in new employees while refining our delegation and training processes.   We can’t wait to get started.”

Mark and his team are excited about the upcoming summer lesson. He believes this venture is the start of a long-term relationship with Apex Friendship High School long after his daughter graduates. And Mark is thrilled his neighbors in Apex embraced him as much as he and his SpeedPro Imaging studio continues its growth.

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SpeedPro Imaging franchisees across the country are doing their part of cultivating America’s brightest minds with a meaningful opportunity.   A specific focus on hiring and developing hungry and passionate employees is one of the key catalysts that have fueled SpeedPro’s development into the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise that specializes in:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner like Mark, please visit http://www.speedprofranchising.com/.

SpeedPro Imaging, the Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise, Hosts Record-Setting Franchisee Convention

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Hundreds of SpeedPro Franchisees, Corporate Employees, and Vendor Partners Flocked to Denver to Share Best Practices and Launch Powerful New Programs

Centennial, Colo – (May 9, 2017) – SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, hosted the most SpeedPro Imaging Franchisee Conference to date in Denver, CO from March 11 – March 13, 2017. The conference highlighted SpeedPro Imaging’s innovative company culture, promoted collaboration to develop best business practices, and inspired franchisees to continue 2016’s record setting-sales pace into 2017 and beyond.

There’s a reason why SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, is #263 on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500 list of the country’s best and fastest growing franchises and featured as one of the “Top Franchise Opportunities” by Franchise Business Review. SpeedPro was also recognized in Franchise Gator’s The Top 100 Franchises of 2017, coming in at #44.  SpeedPro Imaging has earned these accolades with an unwavering dedication to fueling the success of their franchise owners – helping hard working owners maximize ROI through industry leading corporate support, vendor partnerships, and training/consulting programs.

All of this was on display at the 2017 SpeedPro Imaging Franchisee Convention and the system-wide numbers suggest these awards/accolades are anything but smoke and mirrors.   Consider:

  • The average SpeedPro Imaging studio is 5.5 years old and grows double digits each year. *
  • More than 33% of SpeedPro Imaging franchisees who have been operating for 2+ years generate a 24.5% profit margin and an ODP of $215,000. *
  • More than 50% of SpeedPro Imaging franchisees who have been operating for 5+ years generate a 25.2% profit margin and an ODP of $250,000. *
  • And Bruce Benson, SpeedPro Imaging’s Des Moines-based franchise owner, became the first franchisee to earn “Triple-Diamond Club” honors by generating more than $500,000 in a single month in 2017.

SpeedPro Imaging’s CEO, Boris Katsnelson, says the powerful synergy between corporate staff members and franchisees, as well as a shared commitment to teamwork and ongoing education, and has been the catalyst fueling this success for the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise.

“I am delighted and encouraged after witnessing the prolific accomplishments, awards, testimonies and overall enthusiasm that emerged during the 2017 SpeedPro Imaging Franchisee Conference,” says Katsnelson. “2017, from the perspective of our franchisees as well as our corporate office, is already shaping up to be another record-setting year for us. The exceptional growth at SpeedPro Imaging is the culmination of exceptional collaboration among forward thinking franchise owners offering customizable and incomparable graphic solutions to customers and a supportive business model that cultivates and rewards innovation.”

Much of the success SpeedPro Imaging franchisees are experiencing at the local level can be attributed to its industry leading field consultant program to help franchisees achieve their desired outcomes. A dedicated staff of field consultants, all of whom have personally owned and operated a SpeedPro Imaging location, works with no more than seven franchises. This equates to a less than 7:1 ratio, again, a rarity in the graphic solutions industry and something SpeedPro Imaging has pioneered as the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise.

Large format printing is a $24 billion industry, growing roughly at 6% per year. As an industry trendsetter, SpeedPro Imaging is capitalizing as the only franchise company focused on large format printing projects. As evidence of this growth, SpeedPro Imaging welcomed 8 new franchise partners in 2016, added 5 more since the start of 2017, and expects to award many more franchise territories to qualified franchise partners by end of year 2017.

There were several additional key takeaways during the powerful conference:

  • A record number of 44 vendors participated in the 2017 SpeedPro Imaging Franchisee Conference and trade show.
  • More than 50 awards were presented throughout the three-day conference. These included  Eric Lazar winning “Rookie of the Year,” Bruce Benson taking home “Top Gross Sales,” and Jeff  and Lori kolenich  being recognized as the “2016 Franchisee of the Year.
  • Steve Moran-Cassese, SpeedPro Imaging’s San Rafael, CA-based franchise owner, won the 2016 “Project of the Year” for the fantastic rebranding project he and his team tackled alongside ArtLab Studios for the Hewlett Packard welcome center in Palo Alto, CA. The project entailed multiple applications including traditional and multi-dimensional wall murals, window graphics and a direct-print brushed metal aluminum composite wall treatment.   Learn more about these kinds of fantastic wall graphics in this recent SpeedPro blog post.
  • Production manager training, an influential program that has played a role in development, was reinstated.
  • And SpeedPro Imaging continued to embrace its role as a leader of the latest technology when it unveiled plans to introduce the new HP Scitex Flatbed 550 in stores nationwide. The brand-new equipment package will increase printing capabilities at an efficient pace.

Steven Brown, SpeedPro Imaging’s Senior VP of Operations who will be embracing a larger leadership role with the company in 2017, says he is excited about the future.

“We’re excited about what lies ahead for our company, franchise owners, our staff and customers in 2017,” said Brown. “This conference helped reinforce SpeedPro Imaging’s positioning as the number one brand in the industry. We’re looking forward to the year ahead and gathering next year to share more stories of success.”

As the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, SpeedPro Imaging can handle any printing project on behalf of their clients, including:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

For more information about SpeedPro Imaging’s printing and graphics solutions, please visit speedpro.com.

For more information about the SpeedPro Imaging Franchise opportunity, please visit speedprofranchising.com.

About SpeedPro Imaging

With more than 20 years of experience, SpeedPro Imaging is the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise – creating professional large format imaging for a wide variety of companies in any industry. The company specializes in high-quality products including wall murals, event graphics, tradeshow displays, vehicle wraps and window graphics. Through extreme resolution levels and unparalleled quality standards, SpeedPro Imaging takes visual communications to the next level. Today, there are 125 studios open and operating in 31 states, with several more in various stages of development.

Restaurants Turn UP for Cinco de Mayo with SpeedPro Imaging, The Nation’s Most Trusted Restaurant Graphics Partner

12 Restaurant (2 Decals_restaurant)Today is Cinco de Mayo and most restaurant owners are slammed – struggling to keep drinks flowing and tables full of spectacular dishes.   And this year’s Cinco will be more insane than most as the “holiday” falls on a Friday.

That sound you’re hearing from restaurant owners nationwide is one of “Cha-ching” filled optimism as they all hope the customers, and the margaritas, will be flowing all night long.   But far too few of them planned effectively – they didn’t plan for this night weeks ahead by showcasing Cinco De Mayo deals and specials with outdoor signage, window graphics, and table coverings.

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The good news is we can help at SpeedPro Imaging.   As the nation’s most trusted restaurant graphics partner, we have decades of experience helping restaurants attract a crowd for Cinco De Mayo and all other holidays/promotions that are key to their success.   Our Great. Big. Graphics. help any restaurant owner wow customers today and inspire them to make return visits for big events…and just because.

Now, while Americans have adopted Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of a victory during the Franco-Mexican war, as our own, it’s far from the only excuse we make to celebrate at local restaurants and bars.  It doesn’t take much of a nudge to get American consumers to party. Among the top drinking “holidays” in the U.S.:

  • New Year’s Eve
  • Super Bowl Sunday
  • Patrick’s Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Halloween

So, maybe you missed the boat for this year’s Cinco de Mayo. No worries. There are several holidays approaching that will bring customers out in droves, especially if you team up with SpeedPro Imaging. Notable fast approaching dates include May 14, Mother’s Day, the Super Bowl for the restaurant industry.

We’re only two Sunday’s away. And that’s just enough time for you to consult with your local SpeedPro Imaging studio to develop a graphics package that could encourage local families to treat Mom to something special at your restaurant. The possibilities are endless:

Cinco De MayoSpecial decals featuring the mothers and special messages from your restaurant’s employees.

  • Imagine the looks of amazement from patrons who can’t take their eyes off your originally designed high-quality wall mural.

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  • You know it’s all about social-media. Help families capture the spirit of the day with a Mother’s Day themed point of purchase (POP) Of-course, your hashtags and web address will be in a convenient location!

Don’t fall victim to underestimating single-day events and promotions. We’re just now entering prime time for the restaurant industry. With SpeedPro Imaging’s assistance, now is the perfect time to develop your summertime marketing plan:

Warmer temperatures typically encourage locals and visitors to venture outdoors. Because the hotel industry also sees an increase in business during the tourism season, restaurants located in or around busy hotels might notice an increase in business. What’s more, some restaurants hold events during the summer months, such as outdoor music and other fun entertainment, which is likely to draw customers and increase sales.

And events are just one reason to partner with SpeedPro.  You just updated your menu to reflect the rising temperatures. But how do you get the word out? SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted restaurant graphics partner, is here to assist. SpeedPro Imaging offers a wide range of attention-grabbing, customizable, high-impact graphics that help with any kind of promotion or announcement.   These include:

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  • Outdoor Signage – People are outdoors this time of year. Sharp impactful banners highlighting your promotions and specials will help drive customers inside your restaurant.
  • Window Graphics – Sometimes a description doesn’t do your menu justice. Put your culinary creations on display on those clean windows for the world to see.
  • Flags – Out-of-towners are flocking to your city for spring and summer festivities. Where are they going to eat? They’re heading to your establishment because the feather flags with big, bold graphics caught their eye during their initial stroll around the city.
  • Table Coverings – Do you cater to health-conscious diners? Let them know the source of your ingredients, right there on the table. Our graphics allows you to create a cool map that pinpoints where your products were grown
  • Vehicle WrapsWhether you have a big conversion van or a convertible, let our studio experts equip your valuable mobile resource with graphics where many of your customers are…on the road.

The party never ends when it comes to properly marketing your beloved business. Don’t let the opportunity to remind customers and visitors what differentiates you from the others slip away. Your restaurant and bar is the main course. Let us serve your customer’s mesmerizing graphic displays.

For more information about SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted restaurant graphics partner, and to contact your local SpeedPro to get started, please visit http://www.speedpro.com/locations/.